- Jualian Barnes The Sense of Ending (Jonathan Cape)
- Carol Birch Jamrach's Menagerie (Canongate)
- Patrick deWitt The Sisters Brothers (Granta Books)
- Esi Edugyan Half Blood Blues (Serpent's Tail)
- Stephen Kelman Pigeon English (Bloomsbury)
- A.D. Miller Snowdrops (Atlantic Books)
This list contains 2 first time novelists: Stephen Kelman and A.D. Miller and two have had success with the prize in the past: Julian Barnes and Carol Birch. Four of the books are from independent publishers, two are Canadian writers and four are British.
ImageNations interest is in Esi Edugyan who, though a Canadian, was born to Ghanaian emigrants. Then there is also the Ghanaian connection, in terms of the protagonist, in Kelman's Pigeon English. My friend Geosi has suggested that after reading all the reviews, he tips Esi to win. I have not yet read any of the reviews. I wish Esi all the best.
The winner will be announced on October 18, 2011 at London's Guildhall, with the winner receiving 50,000 Pounds. Shortlisted authors would also receive some monetary prizes as well. Read more here.
The shortened shortlist of NLNG Prize for Literature has been announced. The previous shortlist of 6 stories has been whittled down to 3:
- Eno's Story by Ayodele Olofintuade
- The Missing Clock by Mai Nasara
- The Great Fall by Chinyere Obi-Obasi
The winner will be announced on October 10, 2011 at a world press conference at Eko Hotel in Lagos. We wish all the shortlisted authors the best of luck.